The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is a federally funded grant awarded by the Department of Education. It provides up to $4,000 per year to students who are studying to become a teacher and commit to teach a high-need subject at a designated low-income school after graduation.
To Receive a TEACH Grant You Must:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve each year you receive the grant.
- Complete TEACH Grant Initial Counseling.
- Complete TEACH Exit Counseling in last quarter of enrollment.
- Be enrolled in a TEACH Grant-eligible program.
As a Condition for Receiving a TEACH Grant, You Must Agree to (among other requirements):
- Teach in a high-need field
- Special Education
- Bilingual Education
- or in a teacher shortage area in California and in the following subjects:
- Social Science
- Multiple Subject
- Teach at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves low-income students and is listed in the Department of Education Annual Directory of Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits; and
- Teach for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant.
If you do not meet the requirements of your service obligation, all TEACH Grants you received will be converted to Direct Unsubsidized Loans. You must repay these loans in full, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.